Monday, July 28, 2014

Olfa Celebrates 35 Years of the Rotary Cutter !!!

I was completely thrilled when OLFA contacted me and asked if I wanted to participate in celebrating 35 years of the Rotary Cutter! I LOVE my OLFA products so that was kind of a no brainer! LOL 


A few weeks later, this fun box came in the mail with some OLFA goodies!  And then we went on vacation.. twice! {k... so all the product is fabulous...but seriously...do you see that cute little rotary cutter pin!} I was so happy to get away for some vacation time, but itchin' to get home and play with my new tools!


Part of the celebration included me sewing up a 6 1/2" quilt block that will be sewn into a quilt that OLFA will have on display.  As soon as I returned from vacation, I went to work...

Here is my block!  I LOVE these bee fabrics and the scraps I have left are almost gone... I've been hoarding them for something special and I thought the colors were perfect for my OLFA quilt block.  



Why did I choose White, Aqua, Yellow, Gray and a touch of Black?  Because when I think of OLFA I think of my FAVORITE rotary cutter...the Splash Rotary Cutter! I know there's been a lot of "hype" surrounding these cutters.. but truly... it's my favorite cutter to use. 

And so when I was diggin through one of my scrap baskets... I knew I would make a block that reminded me of my Splash... And the polka dot yellow reminds me of the O in OLFA too. :) 



Included in the goodie box from OLFA was this ruler. A 6.5" x 6.5" Frosted Advantage Ruler. I have another brand of ruler that I REALLY like. So I was a little hesitant to use this one. BUT... oh my! I think I have a new favorite 6.5" x 6.5" ruler too! Not only does the frosted acrylic make it easier to read the numbers and cuts down on the glare from my light over my cutting table, but it's NON-SLIP too! And it really is non-slip! I love the dashed lines too. 


I had to take a picture of my block, my new favorite 6.5"x6.5" ruler and the super cute little Rotary Cutter they sent too!  I've always wanted the smaller rotary cutter, but just never bought one. I've used it already and I'm super happy to have it as one of my tools in my sewing studio!


How would you like to help celebrate OlFA's 35 years of the Rotary Cutter?  

OLFA is giving away a Rotary Cutter and small cutting mat to one of my readers! Woot! 

Just leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite tool in your sewing space is, and you'll be entered to win! 

GOOD LUCK !  

Entries will be accepted until Friday August 1st at 2:00 p.m.  A winner will be selected at that time and announced Saturday Morning August 2nd. [2014] 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

East Lake

Seven of our 12 days on vacation this month were spent at East Lake. 

East Lake
 
We love East Lake... It's a beautiful lake up in the mountains between Bend and LaPine Oregon. 

East Lake

Such beautiful weather we had this year! 


East Lake

I read 3 1/2 books while we were at the lake! I'll share them with you in another post.


East Lake

The husband spends most of his time out on the lake fishing in his pontoon boat. 

Usually I have quilting or crocheting or both with me.  This year I spent quite a bit of time designing some new quilts! I can't wait to get to work on them. 


And then towards the end of the week the temptation was just too much and we drove into town and the husband bought me a kayak. I had so much fun! I even got to bug the husband while he was out the fishing. LOL Actually I told him I was a fish magnet! Ha Ha! 



Our entertainment for the week were these little guys. Some of them were very brave.  


East Lake

It was a great vacation for us and much needed. It was really hard to come home. Lake side spot, beautiful weather, gorgeous sunsets, cute little critters, good fishin, good books... a little bit of heaven... 


East Lake
I hope you all are having a good summer!

And hopefully I can get caught up around here, so I can get some sewing in! 

Happy Summer and Sewing!!! ooxx`jodi
P.S.  Monday I'm hosting a little Give Away!




Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

The husband and I have returned from our fabulous 12 days away.  We had a great time! It was really hard to come home... 

We spent the first part of our trip in Sisters [Oregon].... with Saturday being the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show!  I am always so amazed at how the whole community comes together and puts on this extremely well done show. 

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

This year the school grounds were home to the Quilted In Honor by Island Batik exhibit. "A collection created by 50 celebrity quilters that pays tribute to, and financially benefits, military personnel and their families." {The Bulletin, Sisters, Oregon}  Such great quilts!

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

It was a beautiful hot day! {a little too hot for even the sun loving me}... 
But the gorgeous blue skies and the fun little town of Sisters make a great backdrop for some fabulous quilts!

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

This is the quilt I entered in the show this year.  My Uncle Sam's Bow Ties quilt. I designed and pieced the quilt for an issue of Quilt it Today magazine last year. {Pattern Coming Soon!} The fabulous Jenny Pedigo quilted it and it's one of my favorite quilts. 

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

I couldn't help but take pics of the other quilters taking pics of my quilt! LOL 

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

I always enjoy the beautiful flowers all thru town.  It's hard not to take pictures of them all! 

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Personally I think there was a LOT more color this year in the quilts. I would love to know what others that attended thought?  Of course that's what I usually gravitate towards, but it seemed there was color around every corner. And I LOVED it. 

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

More flowers {and color!} at a fun little restaurant outdoor patio. 

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

I totally fell in love with this one! {Heather is this one yours?} 

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show


Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Last year I took a few pics of the hats these group of women wore.  This year when I came around a corner and there they all were, I asked to take a group picture. And what a fun story behind this group!  {Ladies if I tell it wrong, be sure to let me know in the comments} 

They call themselves the Sunflower Sisters. Five of them attended first grade together and all of them graduated together! How fun is that! How lucky {blessed} they are to be able to keep their friendships going through all the years. 

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

This picture does not do this quilt justice.  In person it is so stunning. The quilter asked friends and family to give her a fat quarter of a rainbow colored batik for her 60th birthday. From those gifts she designed the quilt. "Turning 60"...  What a fantastic idea! And a gorgeous quilt!

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

This is the back: 

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

If you ever get the chance to come to Oregon and attend the show. You should! It's well worth it. And if you're a quilter... you should totally enter a quilt next year! :) 

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

I can't end this post without mentioning that I finally got to meet a blogging and Instagram friend at the show! First I bumped into Penny from Sew Take a Hike! We've been blogging "buddies" for so long and it's such a thrill to be able to meet your blogging friends in real life!  And then I bumped into Heather who I started following on IG {Oregonsurfers} I was pretty excited to be able to meet them both.  It was the highlight of my day. Thanks girls!  
K.  I'll be back in a few days with more pics from our trip!  ooxx`jodi

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